The E&E Action Forum provides a termly meeting for those staff responsible for providing evidence for and/or evaluating the impact of their access, success and progression outreach activity and initiatives.

Objectives

    • To exchange and develop good practice relating to evidencing the impact of access and participation.
    • To produce collaborative research and other resources to support Members with reporting in access and participation plans (APPs).
    • To advocate to policy-makers on issues affecting London HEIs.

E-communities of practice

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, AccessHE has cancelled all scheduled in-person events, meetings and activity indefinitely. We see this period of virtual engagement as an opportunity to extend the ways in which the Forum can support members and partners through virtual “communities of practice”. As such, the Forum will meet for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year (dates below) virtually.

To join the e-community (Microsoft Teams) or for general inquiries, please contact us.

Resource hub

A repository of historic materials, papers and resources related to the Forum. Click here for access (password-protected).

To request password access, please contact us or message us on Microsoft Teams.

Pre 2020

The Forum developed a resource-sharing webpage, coordinated a Member survey and report on the use of POLAR and other measures of ‘disadvantage’ in the London context, facilitated a dialogue around effective evaluation with colleagues from OFFA/OfS, and shared good practice in evaluating attainment-raising activities within schools and GDPR compliance in outreach activity.

2020 and beyond

The Forum analysed the A&P consultation and OfS self-assessment evaluation tool and welcomed external speakers to deliver workshops on the Theory of Change, the NERUPI framework and outcomes-based evaluation models in practice. Using Member survey responses and case studies, we also produced the POLAR Opposite report, officially launched at June 2019’s London Factor event during the inaugural #LondonHEWeek. We continue to explore access and participation issues and sector guidance through best practice discussions and engagement of external partners such as TASO, The Brilliant Club and NEON.

2019-20 meetings